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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

998 Ratings
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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%


Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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Rayek

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Great Divide Tap Room.

A: Deep garnet with nice clarity and somewhat active carbonation. Frothy nougat head starts out strong, then quickly fades to a thin film. Leaves behind a very nice lace.

S: Slightly vinous, with scents of raisins and dark fruits. A smoky goodness rides alongside a healthy dose of toasted malts.

T: On the malty side, but the sweet/bitter balance is still quite good. The vinous character from the nose carries into the taste. Roasted malts take over from there with a sweet and smoke combination. Bitterness is earthy and adds a dose of black tea to the proceedings, as well as a hint of pine.

M: Medium body feels a bit overly carbonated.

D: My favorite of the three beers I had at the Tap Room. It's a nice departure from Great Divide's heavier offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 15:39:47 | More by Rayek
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a good amount of earthy smokiness. Not as much sweet malt as I've come to expect from this style, but for me it's welcome.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front are followed by robust smokiness with hints of chocolate coming in right before the mildly bitter ending. There's an underlying sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could have a few of these.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as it's not one of my favorite styles, though with Great Divide on the label I should have been expecting it. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 17:29:19 | More by glid02
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at the Brick Store. Body is a dark chestnut hue with a small tan head. Some patchy lacing.

Aroma is a bit muted. Hints of chocolate, roasted malts, red apples, and smoke. The smoke emerges more as it warms.

Solid medium body has a light medium carbonation and creamy texture.

Taste features toffee notes, a hint of pipe tobacco, and a really nice element of peated malt smokiness. The smokiness here really takes centerstage as the beer warms. Undertones of chocolate are subtle but add a nice hint of roastiness.

One of the better American brewed Scotch ales. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 18:24:01 | More by merlin48
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a deeper brown color with reddish edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, earthy, smoke, and peat. Tastes of roast, peat, smoke, caramel, brown sugary sweetness, and earthy. Medium sweet.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/4/09

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 20:13:51 | More by hopdog
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a pretty dark brown color with good head retention and minimal lacing. The beer is very roasty and malty on the nose, with maybe a hint of underlying butterscotch. Flavors on the palate are interesting, consisting of some rootbeer, lifesaver candy and smokey malt. The beer is moderately sweet, but the hint of smokiness keeps it from becoming overly so. The beer has a medium to full bodied mouthfeel, with a decent finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I'm not sure I'd want more then a single glass at a sitting. According to the beer menu at Max's, alcohol is a fairly modest 7.5%.

This is a nice enough beer, though I can't say I was wowed by it. It's definitely a beer I would have to be in the mood for. Not sure I am today.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 20:15:09 | More by johnmichaelsen
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RicoBrew

California

4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Great Divide brewery down the street from my apartment.

A - The color was a nice deep, dark brown with an eggshell-white head with good retention and minimal lacing.

S - The roasted barley aroma was there, but intermingled with a mild tobacco smell. Probably due to the low fermentation temp on the yeast.

T - The first word to come to mind as I was tasting this beer was 'clean'. The roasted barley/dark malt flavor gave way quickly to a very nice clean taste. There was a hint of tobacco or caramel as it hit your tongue, but it was very fleeting. Extremely pleasant.

M- For the amount of alcohol, it was very light and clean. It hit your tongue and faded away promptly. Almost as if it was begging you to take a bigger swig.

D - Extremely drinkable. It drinks like a very well done doppelbock, but hits you like an english style stout. I'm extremely impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 00:56:56 | More by RicoBrew
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug. The pour is dark chestnut and sports a nice 3 fingers of rocky head that slowly dissipates down to a fine lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. The nose is subdued, but has some malt, hazelnuts, and a hint of smoke.

Medium body beer with a firm feel and a sweet, malty flavor. Lots of rich biscuity malt, fresh brown bread, and a hint of sarsaparilla up front. The sweetness fights its way through whatever hop dust managed to fall into this beer and joins a little bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Some smokiness kicks in and lingers behind. Very pleasant and sweet. The flavor isn't terribly complex, just malt, more malt, and a bit of smoke, but still tasty.

A nice, enjoyable malt bomb. As much as I love American IPAs, I really do like to have a good malty treat every now and then and this beer is certainly a GOOD malty treat. Great as an after-dinner drink too!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:22:48 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip

dark red pour, mild head. smell of malts and alcohol...very typical for the style. taste is on point but a tad boring. caramel, sweet, very malty...medium bodied, mild carbonation. just true to style but not that exciting. worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:24:28 | More by Axnjxn
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TheSixthRing

California

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep cola brown with a half finger of khaki head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Caramel and light notes of cocoa.

Taste - Hits with deep caramel character and light mocha notes around the edges. Hints of earth? Hmmm.... not much else. Finishes much the way it begins.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Smooth, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Certainly not the most complex Scotch out there, but if you're looking for a caramel bomb, this one'll do you no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:25:59 | More by TheSixthRing
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from the 12 pack.

A- Finger thick white head with a pitch black liquid and somewhat thin-looking body.

S- Very lager-like, sweet, bready, heavy on the malt profile

T- Is this a scotch ale? I feel like I am drinking a Helles or other German lager. Heavy on the sweet, bready malts... There's a slight hint of vanilla, but not much else suggests a scotch ale, so I'm confused. I remember having this on draft at the Denver Airport and enjoying it, so I don't know what the hell happened here.

M- At least this part ain't so bad. Smooth and creamy, I'm not mad how this beer drinks. Just wondering where the scotch profile is.

I give it a three and a half with the caveat being that I need to revisit and figure out if this is the true representation or an anomaly.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:14:50 | More by ONovoMexicano
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a mixed six as I am a fan of the wee heavy. Excellent color that is dark and rich, but not a lot of head. Good scotch smell but not real strong. Taste is very good, very clean and easy to drink for a wee heavy, which isn't all good. Also a little thin. Overall a very tasty scotch ale but not the top of wee heavy. Not sure the cost but it would have to be priced well to get again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:28:54 | More by JamieDuncan
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Wee Heavy" - over 6% ABV. Let's see if it's really a "heavy" beer...

A - 4 - Nice dark brown/black beer with a nice tan head that sticks and leaves nice lacing.
S - 3.75 - toffee, cinnamon, coffee, nutmeg, sweet smell, no real scotch or peaty smell, nice smooth smell
T - 3.25 - Some very light peaty tones, grass, wheat, nutmeg. It has a background taste similar to a light American lager.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouth feel. Alc is covered. Aftertaste is really light bready, toasty beer.
O - 3.5 - The thing that really brings this down is the lack of complexity in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 04:21:26 | More by ISmith87
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utopiajane

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark dark brown with a thin head of loose tan foam that fell fast to a thin ring. Left dots of soapy wet lace but not much lace really. There is a ruby hue if you look deeply into the beer but it's almost completely opaque. Nose is caramel, bread & toffee. Some dark fruits like fig and date and a light bit of raisin. It has a nice bit of earthy peat on the nose as well with a hint of smoke. Taste follows the nose. The caramel is rich and smooth and creamy, the toffee over that. The fruits are woven into the middle of the beer and there's some earthy peat to contrast the sweetness. There is just a hint of smoke in the finish. The grains are firm and and the mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and a bit slick. A grain bitterness that's light on the palate offers some dryness as this finishes.

Solid Wee Heavy from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 13:35:10 | More by utopiajane
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hopflyer

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/12/13. My first wee heavy

Fairly aggressive pour yields barely 1\2 finger head. Clear and very deep dark copper, dark reddish bronze color.

Smells of smooth and mellow toffee and light caramel. Almost like slightly burnt kettle corn popcorn

Taste is light caramel, and a bit of lightly roasted malts, toffee, molasses. A bit of alcohol but just barely. Strange but with he carbonation level and sweetness, it almost like a coke or Pepsi.

Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy body with moderate carbonation. Heavy and sticky in back of the throat. Body is bigger than some stouts I've had.

Didn't know what I was getting in this i picked up in a mix a six. Its a nice mellow and sweet beer. Was more viscous than I thought it would be but turns out to be pretty good. The alcohol is hidden well and its tasty. Couldn't see having more than two of these in a sitting though, but nice to cap off a long cold weekend on a Sunday night.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:56:39 | More by hopflyer
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, dark brown with a tan, one finger width head. The head dissipates to an outer ring around the edge of the beer.

Aroma - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and a slight bit of chocolate.

Taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation on the tongue. Goes down very smooth. It is full bodied and thick. Some bitterness and stickiness.

Overall - Another solid brew from Great Divide and a nice full bodied Scottish Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 17:56:17 | More by ChrisL24481
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Greywulfken

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown into translucent black with brown amber edges; slim and flimsy dirty white cap

S: deep, earthy, dark brown malty; hints of sweeter fruit underneath, like fig

T: chewy dark brown grains and subtle dark chewy fruit sugars; earthy and ripe; needs to warm; different beer ~ room temp.

M: smooth and slick; medium weight, but slippery

O: at first wasn't warming to it; as it warmed I found it to be a nice example of the style, without any particularly unusual stylings. Malt-forward and lip-smacking good.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:48:05 | More by Greywulfken
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AaronTheBearded

Kansas

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a dark, ruby red. Almost looks like a cola. Can't see much through it, but not completely opaque. I got absolutely no head on this one, and very minimal lacing. Might be different on tap, though.

S - Picked up loads of dark fruits and malt. A little bit of a hop presence, but not much. Smelled quite lovely, really.

T - Follows the nose quite well. Starts out with a bit of hops, finishes very sweet, yet bitter, with a bunch of dark fruits - pomegranate, cherry.

M - Not much carbonation with this one. Felt very smooth, but picked up a little bite from the alcohol. Pleasant.

O - A nice, dark brew for a cold day. Not my favorite Great Divide beer, but it definitely stands out as unique. Give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 23:36:23 | More by AaronTheBearded
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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured opaque with ruby hue. Thick tan head settled into thin cap. Lace rings cling as glass empties.

Aroma: Roasty caramel and vanilla. Fig and banana esters. Slight spice.

Taste: Burnt toast with caramel. Mild peat and roast astringency. Fig notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderately dry and thin. Slight warmth on tongue

Overall: Mild, balanced and drinkable betrays the style and ABV. I like it! Usually find Scotch ales to be too strong with peat malt. Very smooth. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:22:16 | More by MrBoz21
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour rounded up a taupe half-inch of dense suds. Deep maroon brown color with very little clarity to boast. Lacing is rather low-performance.

Milky and nutty aromas with dry caramel brittle and herbal hopping. Light chocolate and toned-down coffee notes featured. Subtle hints of savory breadiness and browned apple.

Lightly warming feel with an alcohol note behind layers of nut brittle, burnt sugars, herbal bitterness, phenols, mocha, caramel, earthiness, leather, and dried fruit. Malt-heavy and whispering with booze. Hops are overcast by the prominent grain flavors, however, they're not thickened with sweetness or bolstered by much meatiness. Disappointing is the lack of a good, sturdy carbonation. Body is flaccid and wet without it. Questionable intensity steers me away from calling this a Wee Heavy, but it makes for a tasty strong Scottish Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 15:47:34 | More by thecheapies
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my fifth Great Divide beer reviewed. Had this poured out of the bottle into a tulip glass. One of the better offerings of its kind that I've had, if not the best. Strong boozy flavor with a dark fruit aftertaste, and a bit of malty smokiness as one would hope. Not of ton, and a relatively thin mouthfeel, but I didn't mind here. Pick it up on a cold night or when you just want to get pretty loaded.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:38:24 | More by MarkQ617
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

appearance- Dark reddish/Brown, clear, offwhite head

Aroma- Smokey, deep malts, some dark fruit figs, nutty and toffee notes present but not as strong as id like

flavor- Deep malts , smoke dies off a bit and more fruits, and toffee to come to play, sweet but not overbearing, a touch of warming alcohol

Mouthfeel- A bit to thin, but otherwise ok. good carbonation

Overall- I enjoyed it. I got 6 pack and feel good about that, but probably wont get more. Its solid, and worth a try for wee heavy fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:39:18 | More by LI_PO12
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Doesn't pour up much head at all and has just about that much retention. The head is a slightly darker than medium beige while the body is pretty dark for a scotch ale. Very dark maroon brown with hints of chocolate and it shows glimmers of crimson and garnet when held up to the light.

Nose- When I first opened the bottle, I got a bit of a cheesy smell followed by messy caramel. The bottle shows some caramel mix with popcorn and some buttery notes. The glass, at the moment, shows almost nothing. Swirling doesn't help out much.

Taste- Starts off with light caramel that builds and show hints of cinnamon and raisin. More raisin than cinnamon but still a lot more spice than I expect out of a Scotch ale. Also not as malty as I expected. A little vinous as the raisin hints at red grapes. It seems like age might have played a factor in this beer. It's less than 3 months old and should be fine but it seems a little thin as far a the flavor profile goes. Some hints of citrus (orange and lemon) and the finish has a little bit of wood to it (pine, resin, and oak). It's pretty well rounded but I would like a little more presence from a Scotch ale unless it has sublimity and complexity of a Traquair. Still, an above average to good beer but a little bit of disappointment from Great Divide. Closer to above average though.

Mouthfeel- A little below medium bodied (which is too thin for the style) with too much carbonation. A little too much zing as well.

Drinkability- The drinkability is fine as it doesn't really have any flaws but it doesn't entice me anyway either. Reasonable price for craft beer but I think it would only go for this if it were fresher. And in it that case to see if freshness is a factor.

Overall- Above average. Worth a try but if you've had a fair amount of Great Divide's beers, it might be the letdown it was for me. A little odd for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:35:18 | More by artoolemomo
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from the King Soopers across from my hotel in Glendale during GABF 2013.

This beer pours a clear, very dark russet brown colour, with pervasive cola highlights, and one finger of frothy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse ribcage lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of mildly roasted, pithy, and slightly bitter caramel malt, a fleshy, oily nuttiness, a bit of smoky dry chocolate, and singed leafy hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a touch of treacle - all gently roughed up by an invasive, but still laid back gritty smokiness - with some pleasant bittersweet cocoa and rolled tobacco notes, and an obviously peaty, torched leaf, low-key hoppiness.

The bubbles are soft and frothy at the outset, and do little to dispel that notion thereafter, the body a strapping medium-heavy weight, and fairly smooth, what with all those cinders floating about. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, as the caramel, chocolate, and heretofore unmentioned generic fruitiness maintain a stranglehold, even in the face of the lingering vegetal smokiness.

A tasty example of what Scotland has traditionally had to offer the beer world - big malts, peat, smoke, and alcohol. This offering displays all of these in spades, except, gratifyingly, the latter - the north of 15-proof booze nowhere near the radar scope. Maybe not a repeat choice for an evening's goings on, but nice as a steeling force against the increasingly inevitable winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:59:56 | More by biboergosum
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fitrock2112

Ohio

3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured Claymore into a ice cold frosty pint glass.

A - The appearance looks like coca cola with no head at all.

S - Smells like a porter, coffee, bitter roasted malts.

T - The taste follows the nose. coffee, bitter roasted malts. It does have some smokiness in there mid palate. Different for a good scotch ale.

M - Not a bad mouthfeel, medium with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, I actually like the roasted smokiness of this but you know the rest.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:40:38 | More by fitrock2112
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger cream shade. It's retention is rather poor, sadly, but it does try to leave behind a little lacing.

S: To the surprise of absolutely no one, this is loaded with tons of sweet caramel. That's what the style dictates, natch - what catches me off guard is the pleasant chocolaty smell I pick up. It's also rather smoky, too, almost to rauchbier levels. This aroma is really intriguing.

T: It hits hard with caramel right from the start. And that dark chocolate note from the nose? It's here, if a little buried within the other notes. But I don't care. Smoky malts finish it off, with an occasional kiss of herbal hop bitterness coming through. The key here is that's it's not oppressively sweet - just kind of sweet. It's still a wee heavy though, so that means the caramel sweetness shouts at you while the other subtle notes sort of dance around behind it.

M: This has good body, but could be a little creamier. There's a slight dry touch on the finish which goes a long way to giving it good drinkability. The carbonation is perhaps a bit sharp, but it's not overdone by any stretch.

O: I've come to the realization I enjoy this style. A lot. And this satiates my enjoyment of said style quite well. Really good dessert beer, this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:57:53 | More by ThisWangsChung
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.